Minnesota Viking Talk
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Viking Talk: As it happens, the Vikings won and the Bears lost.
Sunday was the last regular season for the Minnesota Vikings. It could have had a couple of outcomes, one of which was the Vikings winning the NFC North Division championship. In order for this to happen, one of two things had to happen. In any case, the result had the aura of possibly being tainted. The Vikings were playing the New York Giants, who had already clinched not only their division championship but home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Since the game meant nothing statistically to the Giants, there is always the danger they would be accused of not giving a full effort in a meaningless game if the Vikings won. If the Vikings lost, they would still win their division if the Chicago Bears lost. But then the Vikings would have the stigma of "backing in" to their championship and, for that matter, the playoffs.
As it happens, the Vikings won and the Bears lost, so we can't accuse the Vikings of not deserving their title, at least not and make a strong case. The Vikings game was interesting, though, and they easily could have lost, having won
20-19. The Giants have been saying in the press all week how they were going to take this game seriously, wanted to head into the playoffs on a winning note, etc. And they did play well, at least their regulars did for the first half, after which the Giants back-ups took over, and some of them were injured, so presumably some of the players were back-ups for back-ups.
Ah, but on to the game, which was well played and hard hitting. The score at half-time was 10-9 Vikings, with the]
Giants, not known for run defense, limiting the Vikings to a 67 yard touchdown jaunt by Adrian Peterson, accounting for a good share of his 103 total rushing yards. Ryan Longwell contributed a 50 yard field goal, while the Giants got three field goals, so either the Vikings defense was doing something right or the Giants defense something wrong.
In the second half, the Giants back-ups managed a touchdown and a field goal, missing a field goal near the end of the game. Tavaras Jackson completed a long touchdown pass when the back-up Giant defender fell down. The appropriately named Longwell kicked another 50 yarder as time expired to give the Vikings the win.
I don't think the Vikings can take much pride in this victory, and next week play the red hot Philadelphia Eagles, who defeated Dallas 44-6. To win this wild-card game, I think the Vikings are going to have to play much better.
Minnesota Viking Talk The Blog
This week’s roundup highlights some of the Best Minnesota Vikings Fan blogs around, for the reading pleasure of Vikings Fanatics worldwide. Enjoy!
The Daily Norseman
The Daily Norseman is truly a pinnacle of Vikings blogs, it’s what most football blogs aspire to be. The writing is often witty, providing great in depth analysis of Sundays games, future gameday speculation, and allows posts from a fun and respectful community of serious Vikings Fans.
Notable Post: Crazy Stadium Costs
The Vikings Locker
The Vikings Locker prefers to keep pure speculation to minimum by focusing on the hard game facts, in depth highlights and breaking Vikes news. The locker also boasts some of the most accurate injury reports and best pre-season coverage to be found.
Notable Post: Will Brad Childress help the Minnesota Vikings Continue to Improve in 2008?
The Viking Age
The Viking Age is truly a blog representing the Vikings huge and diversely opinionated fan base. This blog has a serious commitment to compelling original content beyond the average post-Sunday report. Viking Age also contains cool Vikings video, tailgating info, latest rumors, Dan Zinski’s excellent divisional breakdowns, and an engaging discussion forum.
Notable Post: Randy Moss wants to reunite with Daunte Culpepper
While it may be only a little over a year old, Vikings Gab is quickly becoming one of the most promising Vikings blogs with its awesome array of pictures, videos and amazing breadth of coverage. Helmed by sports media vets Matt Loede and Peter Durstman, Vikings Gab provides no-nonsense detailed analysis of games with only well-informed speculation.
Notable Post: No Bad Blood Childress, McCarthy
Viking Underground is a real gem of the Vikings blogosphere. From its great collection of quotes to its awesome original training camp coverage, the Underground is worth any fans time. It’s unfortunate that the blog hasn’t been updated in a while but is seems that author Mr. Cheer or Die might be contributing over at the Daily Norseman.
Vikings War Cry
Vikings War Cry is a community blog that allows Purple People Eater fans to publish their Vikings opinions, game summaries and more. Veteran posters like Anthony Hall and Andrew Strickert always bring great breaking news and informed assessments. War Cry is also part of the Most Valuable Network of sports blogs and often serves up great Vikes content through other community blogs.
Notable Post: Rides Like a Lemon
Purple Pride is a truly outspoken community, taking their Vikings coverage with great earnestness. Post content ranges from meticulously detailed to philosophical, with respected authors like Shockzilla and AngloVike offering incredible foresight on draft picks and future games.
Notable Post: Opener Right Around the Corner…